Tony-acclaimed composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, who includes indelible Broadway hits “Hello, Dolly!”, “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles”, died on Thursday in Miami. He was 88.
Herman died of lung complications after being admitted to hospital due to chest pain, the family said.
‘ There was still no other music that we took away, which makes us hesitate and rejoice and respect ourselves more than a majestic Jerry Herman-musical, ‘ says Jane Dorian, Herman’s peetdaughter. “We are going to miss him, but the genius of Jerry Herman will remember through his music.”
The ever-boy-like Herman is perhaps not as highly regarded as composers-lyristics like Frank Loesser or Stephen Sondheim, but its biggest hits is the most popular musicals in their eras. In the 1960s came ‘ Hello, Dolly! ‘, one of the most recognized and frequently exported musicals, who was revived countless times on Broadway and all over the world. His hit from the 1980s “La Cage aux Folles ” also became a perennial, with Broadway revivals in 2004 and 2010. Herman is recognised for its easy, old-fashioned melodies and uncomplicated lyrics. Sounds like the title Hello, Dolly!, ‘ If He’s he In My Life ‘ (of ‘ Mame ‘) and ‘ I Am What I Am ‘ from ‘ La Cage ‘ have become pop norms recorded by dozens of artists.
After a number of legal disappointments in the 1970s,, Herman triumphant back with ‘ La Cage ‘, who won several Tonys, including the best musical of 1984.
He obtained the first time success in Broadway in 1961, with ‘ Milk and Honey ‘, a collaboration with the playwright Don Appell. The thrilling tuner interpreted Molly Picon in the story of American widows in the hope of finding men as they tour Israel in a new way to get recognition for the new people. Herman’s first book musically on Broadway was nearly a half years and went to Tony nominations for best musical and composer.
Herman then made an audition for the producer David Merrick, who was looking for someone to write the Particture to a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” He made the song “Hello, Dolly!” And three others prepared and won the Commission. The show was opened in January 1964 and earned more than $4 million the first year, with a myriad of Tonys, including the best musical and a image for Herman’s particture and lyrics. “Hello, Dolly!” Was one of the most important musical hits of the 1960s and competed for 2500 performances. It was revived several times with the original star Carol Channing (most recently on Broadway in a Tony win for Bette Midler in 2017 and 2018). The title song has become a popular hit by Louis Armstrong, which was displayed in the film version with Barbra Streisen, and one of the most recognized Broadway tunes ever.
In 1966, Herman is another substantial musical collision, ‘ Mame ‘, based on Patrick Dennis ‘ popular ‘ Auntie Mame ‘, who brought the longtime Hollywood actress Angela Lansbury huge attention and the first of several Tonys. The show introduced several songs that would be according to Herman’s standards, including the ballad ‘ If He he In My Life ‘, the ‘ holiday theme ‘ We Need a Little Christmas ‘ and the title number, and Herman has achieved more Tony nominations.
But his subsequent musicals “Dear World” (also with Lansbury), “Mack and Mabel” and “The Grand Tour” have not all managed to cross, although their scores are still popular among music comedy fans.
Herman gave the theatre a time to work successfully in interior design. He achieved a small hit with a Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine ‘ in 1980 and became one of his biggest successes with La Cage aux Folles, in 1984 with George Hearn and Gene Barry, with a Tony for his score and take away the best music price-and he saw a big lobox.
His popular compiled-“revue” of Jerry ‘ Girls ‘ from 1985 drew a Tony nto for the actress Buryat Chita Rivera.
In 1998 he walked on the stage to act in a new version of his material, ‘ An Evening With Jerry Herman ‘. The “Revue” “Showtune” in 2003 also contains Herman’s music.
He also produced several ‘ Celebrate Broadway ‘ albums and the scores of the TV-musical of 1996 ‘ Mrs. Santa, “with the lead role Angela Lansbury, and the film ” Barney’s Great Adventure. “
Gerald Herman was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. He enrolled at the Parsons School of Design after his high school. But after he met Loesser and wrote a popular song that was sold at a large amount of $200, Herman was transferred to the University of Miami, where he had dramas and won the Snarks Playwriting Award.
After earning his BA degree, he made a living with the writing of special materials for artists such as Garry Moore, Ray Bolger and Jane Froman. His first production was ‘ I Feel Wonderful ‘, a Musical “revue” he wrote in the university in the university. It was in 1954 on Broad Broadway. His next attempt was the nightclub-“revue” “Nightcap” in 1958; It ran for more than 400 performances, but drew him little attention.
Critics did not enjoy his production “Parade ” In 1960, a satiric musical who opened Off Broadway in 1960, but it played nearly 100 performances and then went on tour. The first time was its first Broadway success, “Milk and Honey,” in 1961.
Amber Edwards-documentary “Words and Music of Jerry Herman”, about his life and career, were broadcast on PBS in 2008. Also in the Pixar animated film “Wall-E” was Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!” songs prominently.
Herman has won two-Mys in 1964: Song of the Year in 1964 for ‘ Hello, Dolly! ‘ And the best score of an original rolprentalbum in 1966 for ‘ Mame. ‘
He was recorded in 1981 in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986.
In 2009, Herman issued a special Tony award for lifelong performance in the theatre and a special award for Drama Desk Award for 2010 won “for magical and blinding audiences with its lavish music and heartfelt lyrics for more than a half century. “